Elizabeth Ising is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice group. She also is a member of the firm’s Hostile M&A and Shareholder Activism team and Financial Institutions practice group. She advises clients, including public companies and their boards of directors, on corporate governance, securities law and regulatory matters and executive compensation best practices and disclosures. Representative matters include advising on Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements, proxy disclosures, director independence matters, proxy advisory services, board and committee charters and governance guidelines and disclosure controls and procedures. Ms. Ising also regularly counsels public companies on shareholder activism issues, including on shareholder proposals and preparing for and responding to hedge fund and corporate governance activism. She also advises non-profit organizations on corporate governance issues.
Ms. Ising was named as one of ten “Rising Stars of Corporate Governance” for 2009 by Yale School of Management’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance. She also is a frequent author and speaker on securities law and corporate governance issues impacting public companies. Recent publications include the article “Top 11 Legal and Regulatory Tips for Boards of Directors” published by Corporate Board Member in early 2011 and articles in Insights – The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor. Ms. Ising also co-authors a chapter on shareholder proposals in the treatise A Practical Guide to SEC Proxy and Compensation Rules and authored an article in the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today, updates for the 2003 – 2006 editions of Preparing for Your Annual Meeting, Bowne & Co., and a chapter for Corporate Governance: Law and Practice, 2005 supplement, LexisNexis. Recent presentations and speeches include presentations on securities law and corporate governance issues to the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, The Corporate Counsel.net, the Practising Law Institute, BNA, the American Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar.
Ms. Ising is a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. She previously served as Chair of the Corporate Finance Committee; Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar as well as a member of the National Advisory Board and co-chair of the Washington, DC chapter of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.
Ms. Ising graduated with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 2000. She was a member of Order of the Coif and was inducted into the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society. Ms. Ising was also a published member of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. Ms. Ising is admitted to practice in the State of North Carolina and in the District of Columbia and is a member of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Global Diversity Committee.